Some of the most memorable moments that I’ve experienced in church services have had some kind of visual involved. An example of this could be a pastor showing a picture that correlates with a story that he’s telling. Or a video of young children in Africa that missionaries show as they ask for support. Or simply the mini-movies that are found on sites like WorshipHouse, Igniter, or Centerline. However, beyond motion backgrounds, you don’t see many truly memorable visuals during times of singing. I tried to keep this in mind as our team prepared for our upcoming Christmas services and after finding a unique motion bundle from Church Motion Graphics, I knew exactly how we could make a big visual impact during our worship. It would require a little more work, but it would look awesome. Check out this video and we’ll discuss more after the break.
We made the decision that in this moment, a visual impact was more important than our congregation singing along. Because of this, we moved from having the lyrics displayed on this particular song to just these powerful animations from Church Motion Graphics. Because each of these Advent themed words came as a separate motion, I was able to tailor fit the graphics to match each part of this song. This can easily be done with any of your upcoming Christmas songs or with special music throughout the year. After finding a some content that would visually speak our message well, I quickly dragged them into my video editing software and matched them to an mp3 of the song that we’re singing. At our Christmas service, I’ll simply press play on this clip as the band starts playing and I’ll get to sit back and enjoy watching it! (You could also get really creative with a click-track for your drummer.)
With a little bit of planning and some powerful visuals, you can take a song to the next level and make a truly memorable moment.